We would like to tell you a little bit about our growing process. We follow organic growing practices in every step and want to share some information about how we do that and why it is important. Ezra’s Organics believes strongly in the importance of healthy soil and organic soil amendments to strengthen and nourish each seedling. We produce our grafted tomato plants under environmentally-friendly conditions, using sustainable methods, which we believe are healthier for both plants and people. Keep reading to learn more!
Organic growing practices are very important to us. By becoming certified USDA organic, through Oregon Tilth, we are bringing a guarantee to every home gardener that our locally-grown tomato seedlings started life under the best possible circumstances. From the untreated non-GMO seed to organic soil, pest control, fertilizer and compost, we have taken every step possible to ensure that our grafted tomato seedlings are grown with the ethics and care valued so highly by organic gardeners everywhere.
Organic pest control
We have developed some non-chemical, natural techniques to eliminate any undesirable microbes or spores from the air around the plants while we build up the immune system with beneficial bacteria. We use a variety of beneficial insects to deter and eliminate pests from our crops. Our growing facilities are pesticide-free and proud of it!
Reducing Carbon Emissions
Our vision is to aid gardeners in reliably producing more food in less space so they can have more dependable home food production. We believe that as petroleum prices rise and lead to increased food costs, those reliable homegrown yields will become increasingly important to our customers. We also believe in sourcing food locally; what could be more local than food from your own garden? Our grafted plants make it easier to produce enough tasty, organic tomatoes to feed your family by extending the growing season and increasing the production during the year.
We also believe that we can decrease carbon emissions by shipping small starts that produce large amounts of fruit locally, instead of shipping the fruit itself. To give an approximate scale, shipping a 2 lb tomato start from Portland to Chicago generates .6 lbs of carbon while shipping 120 lbs of tomatoes has a 36 lb carbon footprint. Clearly, shipping grafted tomato seedlings from place to place, rather than all that heavy fruit from one plant, is a better solution. In order for this to make sense, our solutions need to allow gardeners to reliably generate high yields locally. Our solutions allow gardeners to save money and protect the environment. Homegrown tomatoes (and other produce) are one way we can all do our part to preserve the environment. We believe that supporting local food production will make a better future for everyone. Our team is committed to creating this positive future.